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  1. I've had this happen again. The odd thing is that the pump runs continuously rather than pulsing so for some reason it thinks it's delivering hot water. I suspect that the heating is running at steam temperature. Anyone have any idea what causes it to do this? It will carry on running hot water through the wand for ages - I tried for well over a min and the pump carried on running flat out.Switched steam on an off etc.Tried water. which was ok, pump still running flat out on steam - and various other desperate ideas. Feeling a bit cheesed off I ran a shot then tried steam again. More
  2. Hi there! I'm relatively new to the espresso world. I've inherited a barista express (yes I've read its not the best but its perfect for me) and would love to keep it working as long as possible. It's been around a year, and afraid that the London hard water was affecting it I ran it through a descaling procedure. After reading about how tough descaling is on machines I now regret that and flushed the whole machine thoroughly. Lesson learned and I'll never descale again. Sage makes hard water filters, which I read are ion exchange resin based, so if I let the water sit in the tank
  3. So I looking to upgrade my crappy Delonghi Magnifica ESAM4200 and I've decided to go the Sage route. I don't have a budget, but I do like good value for money and hate diminishing returns. My options are... For value Barista Express Duo Temp Pro+Smart Grinder Pro Higher end Dual Boiler+Smart Grinder Pro The Oracle The dual boiler and the oracle have lots of parameters to play with compared to the cheaper options, but will they make a big difference to the end result, the fixed dosing of the oracle puts me off it a little.
  4. I've had to feel my way on this a machine as a lot of web info is useless - main guidance available for it is to obtain a 30ml shot so I posted an Amazon review that may help new comers but like I said I'm new to this and still wonder about several things. I tend to type too much so will just copy paste most of the review. I've missed out the part about Sage Uk's spares pages compared with Breville in the USA for the identical machine. Any comments. Am I going in the wrong direction anywhere? One thing I have noticed is lack of a really heavy crema but suspect that is down to bean
  5. So.. I got a DTP a few months ago and got to a position where I was turning out .. DECENT .. coffee, but not great. The downfall was my grinder. I couldn't justify to my wife that I would spend another £200 on a grinder when we're saving for honeymoon. So I have managed to buy a second hand Barista Express for £200 from a girl who bought a sandwich shop but didn't want a coffee machine.. would say its around 6 months old and not really had much use at all. Only thing I would say is that it hasn't been cleaned particularly often so I've gutted it and it literally is like new but I may look
  6. Hi all, Relative newcomer to espresso here. Why is the BE 2 cup button programmed to deliver 60ml? Shouldn't a double shot be around 36mls (36grams?) Do people generally reprogram the shots to a lower volume? Thanks
  7. I need help - ever since getting a new rubber cleaning disc from Sage the "clean me" function doesn't seem to work. Formally, large amounts of "soapy" water would collect in a bowl but now barely a few drops of brown liquid. Could it be a faulty disc - I've tried two already - or something else? Please help
  8. Hi everyone just wanted to say hi. I recently had to sell my barista express, currently have a pod machine . I now have a small budget to get a machine and grinder. I will keep an eye in the for sale section to see what comes available on here. Time to start doing some research. Cheers
  9. It's an early one but does have the latest style of thermoblock. [video=youtube;V-WCjDRRFFw] I found the pipe clamps fascinating. Some might think crap - I'd think clever. Nice simple fairly cheap way of getting the correct range of sealing pressure via an O ring. The grinder adjustment looks just like I thought it would. Pipe that was blocked - probably the 3 way. Maybe this version didn't have a clean me light - maybe that was added to help keep it clear. John -
  10. In deciding between the Barista Express and Dual Temp Pro, I was wondering if the grey plastic cover on the BE, in which the portafilter sits when filling the basket with coffee, can be removed? The reason being - I intend to use my existing grinder for espresso, but wondered about using the inbuilt BE grinder for a cafetiere. So a second question is can the BE inbuilt grinder be adjusted all the way to cafetiere coarseness? Thanks
  11. Hi guys, new member here! So i've been using a nespresso machine for the last few years and thought it was time to take my coffee experience to the next level, so i bought myself a Barista express after researching for a long time. I can tell its a good machine but I'm really not getting along with it. I'm wasting so much coffee trying to get the blasted pressure needle in the 12 o'clock position and everything I try doesn't seem to help! I'm always under extracting or over extracting. Not to mention the mess the machine makes. So now I'm thinking of returning it and replacing
  12. For sale as above, machine only 7 months old, used no more than twice a day, is as new apart from a few scuff marks on the grill covering the water tray, still has 17 months warranty left on it, all fully registered with Sage and comes with all accessories. Genuine reason for sale as I got the Dual Boiler and the Sage Grinder Pro, live in Wigan if you want to come and view it or collect it. £330 or nearest sensible offer
  13. Hi all I’m new to the forum so I hope I have posted this to the correct section. I own a sage barista express, and have been looking at getting a 54mm portafilter machined out to a bottomless one as I cannot seem to find a uk supplier for a bottomless type. I have order a new portafilter direct from sage and have dropped it off to a local machinist who I used to work with and he is machining this one out for free as a tester, is there any more interest in these? I will upload pictures once I get it back. If there is any interest please let me know so I can try and get a cheaper price for th
  14. Hello All New user and second thread already - hope no one minds! I am now considering between two options. I only intend to drink espresso and occasionally have a latte / cappuccino - I will not be using a French Press or anything else, just the machine. 1). Duo Temp Pro alongside a Eureka Mignon. Advantages: - Better grinder. Disadvantages: - None of the advantages below. 2). Sage Barista Express. Advantages: - Pressure Gauge (potentially useful to someone who is new). - Greater variability for PID than DTP. - Better aesthetics (in my op
  15. Hi All, I'm new and looking at upgrading from a Delonghi Bean to cup. I'm tossing up between the Gaggia Classic + grinder, Sage Duo Temp Pro & Sage Barista Express. What I like about the Barista is it seems a natural progression from the bean to cup and easier to use than separate machines. I'm happy with the Bean to cup as I press button and coffee appears, not sure I'm up to spending hours on practicing. Reason I'm posting here is because I'd like advice between the Duo Temp pro + grinder v barista express. What are everyone opinions? Are separates really complicated? Than
  16. Hi All, I'm new and looking at upgrading from a Delonghi Bean to cup. I'm tossing up between the Gaggia Classic + grinder, Sage Duo Temp Pro & Sage Barista Express. What I like about the Barista is it seems a natural progression from the bean to cup and easier to use than separate machines. I'm happy with the Bean to cup as I press button and coffee appears, not sure I'm up to spending hours on practicing. Reason I'm posting here is because I'd like advice between the Duo Temp pro + grinder v Gaggia Express. What are everyone opinions? Is the gaggia easy to use? Thanks in a
  17. Hi, I bought the machine last week from AO ebay and it was advertised as BES875, the outer carton box also says BES875UK. However, I've tried registering the machine with Sage and the bottom sticker says BES870? What are the differences between the two machines? Have I been sent previous model?
  18. Hi, I've just bought this machine and I'm looking for compatible water filters. It looks like Sage have updated the machine because my water filter looks completely different from what's on the Sage website: https://www.sageappliances.com/gb/en/parts-accessories/accessories/bwf100uk.html What I have looks more similar to this: http://www.delonghi.com/en-gb/products/coffee/coffee-makers/coffee-accessories-gifts/waterfilter-softener-5513292811 I can't seem to find a filter like this on the Sage website for my maker. Since it's a proprietary filter it'll probably be more expens
  19. Hi folks. I'm looking for general observations, if anyone has any thoughts to offer! Had my Barista Express for about a year and a half. Don't regret the purchase for a moment! Have enjoyed learning the 'coffee basics' without taking it too seriously. I have measured, timed and recorded ratio from time to time, but not always. Have bought only freshly roasted beans either online or locally. Also got a taster gift for my 50th; 12 small packs over 6 months; very educational in itself. Have produced some shockingly awful extractions, but can, sometimes with help o
  20. I have had the Barista Express for about 2.5 years. Recently I have had issues with the extraction. It continues to extract my coffee fully and it wont stop until there's no water left in the machine. I have descaled the machine and back washed it. I have used different grinds and beans and the issue is still occurring. It is possible to stop it manually with the button. Anyone have any idea what is going on?
  21. Hi all, Last week after a backflush my barista express started to leak water out of the top of the portafilter when pulling a shot. I called sage and they told me to buy a new ring gasket so I did, arrived today but it's still doing it... Anyone have any ideas what to do now? IV been thinking about changing the machine anyway but would like to fix it up and sell it rather than just throw it out... Machine pulls two shots a day, IV had a it about 2 years and I bought it as a refurb on eBay so it's probably had good use... Any idea on what the issue could be, now t
  22. Hey guys, I need a bit of help as I'm reading and reading the forum but am feeling overwhelmed. I've using the following and all my shots are on the higher end of the pressure gauge and not pouring "right". - Single basket (stock) - 10g - 4 on the grinder - Rave Signature Blend roasted on 28/11/18 As this is my first real machine I don't know what I'm doing wrong, maybe my tamping isn't 100% I don't know. Help!!
  23. I'm using a barista express and recently bought one of the naked portafilters that Joey made. Ever since I've started using it I've had issues with spritzing from my extractions. I've been tinkering around with my distribution and tamping a little bit and had slightly better results but I am wondering if the fact I am single dosing on this machine is likely making a difference. I know the grinder is not highly rated and I am soon to be acquiring a eureka mythos. In the meantime, just want to improve my results. Thanks
  24. Anybody know if the 54mm tamper is the correct fit for a Barista Express, I think the stock tamper is 53mm but its not a very good fit for the basket, however I am not sure if 54mm might be too large. Thanks
  25. Hi, I received a Sage Barista Express for Christmas, Father Christmas was finally good to me; it has gone on " Clean Me" mode once since then, it has been cleaned once as per instructions and it is now coming to 40Lt use, I'm thinking about changing the ClaroSwiss filter for the first time as per instructions. So, I'm thinking about descaling the coffee machine before changing to the new £14.95 water filter and I have a few questions I hope you clever people can answer for me. Do I leave ClaroSwiss water filter in place while I descale the coffee machine? the instruction manual doesn't
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